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4.2.13

60 Inky


As a very small child my younger daughter's favourite word was spoon, "spooooon" she would say, again and again and again, grinning gleefully all the while. My younger son would tell you that his favourite word is spanghew, 'to cause a toad or frog to fly through the air', and no I'm not making that up. I've always rather liked inky, both for how it sounds and because I imagine it to be coloured the rich blue-black of a storm at sea*.

I was reminded of that when I tossed these two scarves onto the table together, intending to fold and then photograph them ... do you see the waves? The knitted affair is my oh-so-nearly-ready-to-be-blocked, and appropriately named, Storm Warning, and the other a Noa Noa 'L'ess Drawing' scarf that I won in a giveaway hosted by Vibeke of A Butterfly in my Hair, to whom many, many thanks. Could I somehow wear the two together do you think, because clearly they were made for each other?

I've used a favourite yarn, Bremont Valentina, in my favourite colour, slate grey, so no doubt Storm Warning will be my favourite knit when it's done, until the next one's finished anyway! And talking of the next one, if anyone has any shawl pattern recommendations I'd be happy to hear them. And I'd love to know if you have a favourite word. Do tell!


* Nina of Tabiboo also recently shared a sea related post titled Inky, you can read it here.

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60 comments :

  1. They both look gorgeous and yes why not wear them together!!
    I like 'inky'. :)
    V xxx

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  2. My son had a favourite word when he was little. It was a made up word for when he lost his dummy. He would shout "Bumgang" all day long and even during the night when he lost his dummy in the cot.
    my favourite word would have to be shrubbery. If you say it really fast over and over again it sounds very funny and somehow squishy like a sponge :)

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  3. When I was very young my favorite word was "wicked", pronounced "Wikkit!" Apparently at 4 years old I ran about telling random strangers that they were "Wikkit!" Inky is a good one.

    And it does seem those scarves are made for one another, such beautiful colors! I love the yarn you chose.

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  4. Your scarves are lovely - and I think they'd look great worn together :D

    I'm really not sure what my favourite word is. I go through phases were I love certain words....

    Have a lovely day!
    Sarah x

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  5. That scarf is gorgeous, a beautiful greay my favorite color.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  6. Not sure about a favorite word but every once in awhile I hear a word I've never heard and at my age I am amazed that there are still words I've never heard! (Of course there are hundreds if not thousands but I am still amazed when I hear one) Joy, that's a great word and Grace.........love that one but more for meaning than for sound. There was one not too long ago that I was absolutely fascinated with but I can't remember now....it was a "p' word something like prevaricate or predaceous but that wasn't it but it was one of those words that you say over and over because of the way it sounds and the way it rolls off your tongue. If I remember it or run across it again I'll let you know. It was a great word and I have no idea now what it even meant....it was the pronouncement.
    Anyway........I adore your scarf and will feel I have "made it" in the knitting skills area if I ever make one like it. It is by far the prettiest I have ever laid eyes on! And yes, you could wear those together....both are truly lovely.

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  7. the scarves are gorgeous!!! use them together: it's a must!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  8. Your scarf is beautiful Annie! Those beads! Grey is also my favourite colour :-D And cables and beading are very much on my knitting "to learn" list but for now I have just downloaded the "Autumn Scarf" on Ravelry, which looks lovely but very simple. There are some utterly beautiful ones on there with lace edges that I'd love to get up to making, like "Wallingford" for starters......I'm stumped coming up with a name but no doubt "Inky" will be in my head for the rest of the day :-D Have a great day! Mel x

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  9. So gorgeous and I love the colors!! I do love grey!! xo Heather

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  10. Beautiful! As for a new shawl pattern? Veera Valimaki published a new one on her blog yesterday (100-rain.blogspot.co.uk) which looks really lovely, and cries out for grey!!

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  11. Beautiful storm! :) Well, you can try to combine the scarves together, wearing them twisted or I don't know how. hehe
    have a nice day!
    Anna

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  12. Hello Annie:
    Yes, 'inky' would be a word we much favour for, as you say, it conjures up vivid pictures of the sea in a variety of different moods, although seldom calm. We recall as children ink fingers, the result of having to write at school with a pen dipped into an inkwell. We called the pens 'dip and scratch' but all of that was long before the biro [invented, as it happens, by a Hungarian]. The scarves are, of course, lovely. Do wear them together.

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  13. Love the scarves.
    Don't think I had a favourite word, but I remember my mum's and I jest you not it was disipline! She was quite strict my mum!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  14. Lovely scarves, lovely colour...

    Rossignol. C'est ça: rossignol....

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  15. How lovely to discover I'm not the only lover of inky skies, seas and scarves!
    P x

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  16. Funny, as you said inky, I thought sea too.....very provocative somehow. I'm not sure I have a favourite word, I like the word glisten, I remember having it added to my vocabulary when I was in junior school and really liking it, I think it hasn't changed much as I am a sucker for anything that sparkles.

    Your shawls are both lovely, I love grey, stems froma book that I read as a little girl called 'the little White horse' the way they described a silver-grey was, and still is magical.

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  17. What a wonderful word spanghew is! Inky makes me think of dipping a paintbrush into water and the swirls of colour it produces. My favourite word is 'squelch' so onomatopoeic! Love the scarves, and really enjoyed The Fine Colour of Rust ... it should be on the move again very soon!

    Love Claire xxx

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  18. Dear Annie
    I love the inky colour of your lovely knit and are those delicate beads I see?
    I like the word silk - as I say it I imagine sliding down the word and kind of slipping off at the end somehow.
    I have read a lot of Adriana Trigianni books and I remember her saying her favourite word was 'attraversiamo' - a word many italians use meaning to cross over (the street)- I liked the way it sounded - it rolls off the tongue and makes crossing the street sound so glamourous that I have kind of adopted it too.
    My favourite french word - arrondissement (dont ask me why - again i think it is just because I like saying it).
    Sx

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  19. My favourite word is amulet. No idea why, it just sounds nice to say.

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  20. They do look great together! :) x

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  21. They are both beautiful scarves, and the metal beads really set off Storm Warning. It reminds me how far knitting has come, and how much I would really like to take it up again.

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  22. Middle sons favourite word was MEAT- the moment he spotted the butchers shop!Beautiful knitting!

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  23. I'm not sure I ever stick to just one favourite word, I must be too fickle (now, that is a good word!). Am looking forward to seeing your completed storm warning. Juliex

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  24. All I can say is, what lovely photographs!

    They, and everything about your blog look of now, makes me yearn for simplicity.

    But I know, that's a passing whim. Simplicity is lovely, on some people's blog. But I need more............ "whoooooosh" or color or something. Best to know one's self.

    But thank you so much, for giving this simple beauty of your blog, to me. To enjoy!

    "Auntie"

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  25. What gorgeous colours, and you're so right, they were made to be worn together.

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  26. Technically two words but I love Nova Scotia I love the way it sounds. Beautiful scarves, definitely wear them together- inky layering possibly the next big thing. My little boy invents words the favourite is bilma- or that's how we think it's spelt.... It means water squirter or gun. The ideal boy word for cowboy games, as that's what he is playing tonight. Sarah x

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  27. I think you can wear your scarves together, they would complement one another very well.

    My favourite word is zephyr.

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  28. I think you can wear both scarves together. They do compliment each other. I especially like the Storm with the beads. Beautiful Annie!

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  29. Hello Annie,

    I simply love the way those pewter beads are shining through the overcast sky that is your heavenly grey shawl! A captivating photograph indeed.

    The skies have been very overcast here this week with the odd break of sunshine, fortunately.

    Stephanie

    ps I mentioned your February flower mood board... :-)

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  30. I like the word - marina. It's musical and is the essence of the sea and boats and harbors. I love your knitted piece.. it's gorgeous!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  31. Oh your blog is so beautiful! Those scarves remind me of the sea too; I grew up next to the North Sea and it often looks like that on a stormy day. The beads are like tiny bubbles catching the light on the crest of the wave :) Definitely wear them together!

    I have many, many favourite words - I read a lot! But at the moment, I think one of them would be 'meridian'. It's got a lovely shape to it and you have to smile as you say it :)
    Meredith x

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  32. I love both of the scarves, and of course you should wear them together somehow. My favourite shawl pattern would probably be Haruni (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fairisler/haruni) but done with just the edge lace, or Cladonia ( http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fairisler/cladonia ) done in a single colour it's delighful.

    Favourite word ? How could I pick just one? I love words with a passion - am often accused of using ones that are too long or obscure, hence I like sesquipadalian, although it certainly doesn't roll off the tongue and I can see the appeal of ones that do.

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  33. Well hello old friend - I'm finally getting round to catching up with my favourite places. Love the new banner by the way (I've probably missed a few?)
    Yes to wearing (at least) 2 scarves together - I do, but then my style verges on crazy lady! I just adore the colours you use - I must make some more grown up things!
    Which leads me to my favourite words...willy nilly, shenanigans, skullduggery, chipper, cockahoop...I could go on. Unfortunately the words I seem to say most often are 'curses' and 'bollocks'. Sorry to type that here on your beautiful page!!
    love fee
    x

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  34. It's a phrase and a tongue twister - three thick thistle sticks :) My grandfather taught me that one when I was very young.

    I like the scarves and see no reason why you shouldn't wear them together :)

    viv in nz

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  35. I really really love those inky colours too
    My son used to scream Tea towel when he was cross, it was his swear word!
    could of been worse I guess x
    I rather like the word oblong :-)

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  36. The scarves are lovely! They look so soft too.
    Favourite word... I don't know. I just love words, really, so I have a few. "Quintessence" and "indigo" come to mind.

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  37. I love the combination of those 2 scarves together. I immediately thought of Nina's recent post as I was looking at your post!
    Sarah x

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  38. Yes I have some lovely shawlette patterns from Stitchnerd on Ravelry. They are very well written patterns with good pictures and can be knitted in a variety of yarn weights. I recommend you check them out.

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  39. How beautiful. The way you put it its rather seductive... a stormy sea.
    Susan x

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  40. inky might just become my new favourite word too and as I wrote this comment my furry little girl , arwen, pulled the fabric coaster out from under my coffee cup and well now things are a little murky around me .

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  41. Those two scarves go together as though made for each other, Annie. So beautiful! I love the word serendipity, both for its sound and its meaning.

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  42. So lovely, and now you have me thinking of my favourite word - too many to choose from! Maggie

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  43. I love baby talk. Out of the mouths of babes is so true. I have a video of my youngest in the tub saying words and it's adorable. Your Inky is wonderful. I love the blackish blue color. I think of the squid pen ink my students used to squirt out while we had dissected the squid.

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  44. Dear Annie,
    The scarves are beautiful. I love the color grey. Unfortunately, I look like a decomposing corpse in that lovely color.
    I do have many favorite words, one of which is lark.

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  45. Hi Annis,

    There are so many gorgeous shawl patterns out there.

    One I am liking at the moment, with a great name is fields of Comfort. Now there is a good word............
    http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Shawls/fields-of-comfort-shawl/ml/1
    Karen

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  46. Beautiful beautiful beautiful ..... gosh all those pretty beads too, how clever.
    My fave word changes alot but I do love ..... Serendipity ..... both the sound and meaning.
    love jooles xxx

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  47. I am not a shawl person, so I am sorry to say that I can't help you there. I have admired many, but since trying to knit "Storm Fir" I don't see any more in my future! (Finished it, but...ahem!)

    My daughter was busy asking me what my favourite colour was, what my favourite song was, what my favourite book was, but we never got around to favourite word. In this moment, I would have to say prairie.

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  48. Oh those two scarves were indeed made for each other. I love that shade of grey although I don't think it likes me. When Bella was learning to talk she called water "oosh" and food "nodge" and it tickled me no end, I can tell you.

    Gillian x

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  49. Beautiful knitting, slate grey is one of my favourite shades too............love the beaded edging.

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  50. Hi. I've just knit your Downton hat pattern and enjoyed knitting it. I used the Sublime yarn specified in the pattern. I usually knit to gauge, and this pattern was no exception. The problem was that I ran out of brim-colored yarn with 5 rows to go and a bind-off. So I used the crown-colored yarn, mostly because it will be tucked under and not be seen. I thought you should know so that you change the brim skein to 2 skeins instead of 1 skein.
    Sandi Frank
    sfrankmail@aol.com

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  51. Beautiful! Love the greys and the beads look lovely with the colour

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  52. Just wanted to say, that first photo...... wow. Just wow.

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  53. That is such a beautiful colour Annie and in that yarn the shawl will definitely be a favourite finished knit, really stunning x

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  54. I love that work 'spanghew' and the meaning is even more wonderful. I have to admit to giggling when I read it.

    I love your inky shawl - it most definitely is and totally gorgeous.

    Nina x

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  55. I love the sound of the word violence, but not the meaning. Better to make do with violet. Which is a lovely colour and lovely flower, so much nicer all around.

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  56. Limn or limned. I came upon it in a poetry class and loved the phrase 'limned in light'.

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  57. Favorite words? Oh there are many...
    dicombobulated
    chock-a-block
    egg
    nefarious

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